Beer bottle edging in a garden

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Beer bottle edging in a garden
Beer and wine bottles can find a second life as garden edging. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The next time you have a cold beverage on a hot summer day, consider saving the bottle instead of tossing it into the recycle bin. Beer and wine bottles can be reused to create a funky, unexpected garden border.

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Considerations

Creating garden edging from recycled bottles is simple -- just push the neck of the bottle down into the soil so that the bottom of the bottle is facing up. Repeat until you have enough edging to encircle your garden. The most difficult task will be collecting enough bottles. Ask your friends to save colourful and interesting beer and wine bottles for you. Scope out the glass bins at the recycling centre or ask your favourite bar to save the empties for you. Use different sizes and colours of bottles for additional visual interest.

Benefits

Edging made from recycled bottles won't rot or decay. Used bottles are also free, making this method a very cost-effective edging solution. This is also a way to keep bottles out of the landfill if your neighbourhood doesn't offer glass recycling. The bottles can easily be used to outline different shapes -- graceful curves, sharp angles or plain old rectangles.

Warning

Avoid installing recycled bottle edging in areas where children may play. It's advisable to install bottle edging in areas where it's not going to be accidentally damaged, either. A low-traffic corner of the yard is ideal.

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